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All students enrolled in the global public health majors - regardless of school - are required to complete six core global public health courses throughout their time at NYU. The courses are offered by the College of Global Public Health and taught by expert faculty from around the university. In Albert, the courses can be found under the heading of University College and begin with UGPH-GU.

Please  note that there may be a few exceptions to the courses below based on specialized degree requirements within a specific major. Students will work with his/her advisor on exact global public health course requirements.


Core Course Descriptions & Syllabi

A recent syllabus may be found here.

This course examines social, behavioral and cultural factors that have an impact on public health in community, national and global contexts. We will consider how health is influenced by factors such as age, gender, culture, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class. Public health problems and their solutions will be analyzed in light of individual risk factors as well as larger structural forces.

A recent syllabus may be found here.

This course introduces basic concepts and techniques in the analysis of public health data. It is an applied course, emphasizing use, interpretation and limits of statistical analysis. Real world examples are used as illustrations, and computer-based data analysis is integrated into the course.

A recent syllabus may be found here.

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health and illness in human populations worldwide. The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to the history, principles, and methods of epidemiology in a global context. Students will also examine epidemiological theories, analytic approaches, and tools from a global health perspective. Finally, students will develop the necessary skills to critically read, interpret, and appraise published epidemiological studies and to locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize information from mass media sources.

A recent syllabus may be found here.

This course introduces students to key concepts in health policy formation, implementation and evaluation in a global context. Using a comparative lens, students explore organization, financing and delivery of health care services and health systems around the world. We examine the role of governmental and non-governmental agencies in delivering care and contributing to a health care infrastructure using case studies and other materials in a comparative approach. Key lessons in the implementation of new health policies and initiatives are explored across the developing world, as well as in a US as students explore health system performance, the quality and cost of care, the management of health care services, the process of health improvement and health reform. The course will use a multidisciplinary approach that employs sociological, political, economics, and ethical perspectives. The objective is to build an understanding of the fundamental ideas, issues, and problems currently debated in global health policy and management and to provide a foundation for future studies and careers in the global health field. Epidemiology in a Global World and Health and Society in a Global Context are recommended but not required pre-requisites for the course.

This course will examine some of the key issues and principles of environmental health practice. It will focus on the how environmental health issues are defined and approached by civic groups, governmental officials and researchers. It will highlight how environmental threats come to the attention of the public and weigh the options for addressing these threats. Finally, it will underscore the need for multi-disciplinary approaches in understanding these threats and crafting solutions. We will focus on prevention of environmentally mediated diseases and discuss challenges to effective prevention.

A recent syllabus of the individual EL project may be found here.

A recent syllabus of the team-based EL project may be found here.

Fall and Spring semester
4 credits
Pre-requisites: UGPH-GU 10 and one other core UGPH-GU course

Section 001 (team-based project):
The global health undergraduate experiential learning experience has a three-fold goal: It: 1) broadens the student's exposure to public health issues, 2) facilitates opportunities for students to observe public health work and leadership in action, and 3) increases the student’s knowledge of specific career opportunities. The integration of didactic and fieldwork experiences provide the student with opportunities to critically reflect on the fieldwork experience, complete a public health project that is mutually beneficial to the student and the university, and synthesizes public health approaches. Students who enroll in section 001 are assigned to small teams to complete their experiential learning fieldwork on the first day of class. Fieldwork focuses on a public health issue on NYU’s New York campus.

Section 002 (individual project):
This course introduces students to public health research and practice through an integrated fieldwork (90 hour) and seminar experience. The integration of didactic and practice experiences provide the student with opportunities to critically reflect on the fieldwork experience, and connect work in the field to scholarly inquiry about key public health issues. Students engage in a variety of different activities, making use of the broad background of academic preparation, and pose critical questions about public health agencies and research in action. NYU Classes will be used extensively throughout the semester for assignments, announcements, discussions and communication. All Fieldwork Experience Documentation Forms can be accessed on the NYU Classes course site. All assignments and completed fieldwork forms are to be uploaded on NYU classes.


Global Public Health Electives

The following courses may be used to satisfy the elective requirement for the global public health major.  Please note that the relevant electives use to fulfill the requirement may be taken either through the GPH major (starting with UGPH-GU) or through the major department). 

Spring semester
4 credits
Pre-requisites: none

This course will focus on the global risks and consequences of health behaviors.  Students will become familiar with the distribution of these risk factors and consequences across global populations.  The approach will involve an examination of the ways in which behaviors associated with health risks are shaped by, and in turn, shape larger social contexts.  Students will be introduced to evidence regarding the role of these different contexts of behavior, and the successes and challenges of various interventions that have influenced how programs were designed and targeted.  Further, different frameworks will be explored to understand these contexts and thus contribute to the design, implementation, and evaluation of such interventions.  For each topic, we will examine the global history, biomedical consequences, epidemiology, and global public health approaches.

Fall semester
4 credits
Pre-requisites: none

The provocative controversy as to whether New York City should ban sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces to lower rates of obesity and diabetes is merely the latest example of the ongoing historical debate over how we should be best protect the public’s health while respecting civil liberties. Modern public health began with the sanitation movement in England in the mid-nineteenth century. Since then, health officials have instituted mandatory vaccine programs, detained infectious patients and passed laws to limit smoking, change people’s diets and mandate traffic safety measures. Despite the improved health that these measures have helped to produce, industry, politicians and libertarian critics have opposed aspects of these initiatives using the mantle of preserving civil rights. This class will use primary and secondary written documents as well as public-service announcements, movies and documentaries to explore how these issues have been characterized and debated in the United States over the past 150 years. Have specific groups in society been unfairly stigmatized by public health efforts? Do we have the right to compel “better” behaviors if people are only hurting themselves and not others? Did health officials deliberately exaggerate the dangers of “second-hand smoke” to get stricter anti-smoking laws passed? Why do we call drunk driving crashes “accidents” when the behavior of drunk drivers is not at all accidental? This course will be multidisciplinary in its attention not only to modern public health debates and their historical precedents but also to the ethical and medical issues raised.

Fall semester
4 credits
Pre-requisites: UGPH-GU 30 and UGPH-GU 40

This course focuses on creating sustainable and scalable Public Health business models, either as stand-alone entities or within a larger corporation. Teams of undergraduate students will explore specific Public Health needs that can be addressed via innovative, entrepreneurial ventures and gain increased business and entrepreneurship skills in a Public Health context.

Fall semester
4 credits
Open only to students in the Global Public Health/Pre-Health major

Through analysis of texts, lectures, and in-class assignments, this seminar engages students in conceptualizing and developing a public health honors thesis. In the first part of the course, the seminar engages students in discussion about the aims and content of research on public health topics, and students develop research questions to pursue. In the second part of the course, working closely with faculty, students undertake a research project, completing an honors thesis as the final product.

Spring semester
4 credits
Pre-requisites: UGPH-GU 20 and UGPH-GU 30

This course familiarizes students with the core concepts of research design and methods for public health. In the first part of the class, students are introduced to using peer-reviewed literature and disciplinary theory to build or adapt conceptual models and frame research questions. Then, students develop a research plan and analyze quantitative data to answer a research question, using publicly available datasets. This hands-on approach results in a final project that includes the elements of a scientific paper.

Fall semester
4 credits
Pre-requisites: none
Cross-listed with HIST-UA 158 (sponsor course)

This seminar will explore the immense historical importance of infectious disease, in particular, using it as a lens to confront larger issues in the changing world of medical practice and investigation. We will study the impact of disease at critical points in American history. We will discuss the great epidemics that devastated our nation, as well as the scientific breakthroughs in epidemiology, vaccines and antibiotics that tamed the scourge of cholera, polio, typhoid fever, and influenza, among other deadly diseases. We will study how the battle against disease revolutionized philanthropy and medical research in the United States. We will see the consequences and cultural impact of disease upon different segments of the American population. And we will look at current diseases yet to be fully understood or conquered, such as HIV/AIDS.

Spring semester
4 credits
Pre-requisites: none
Cross-listed with HIST-UA 293 (sponsor course)

Millions upon millions of people, especially children, die each year from preventable diseases. Meanwhile, various groups, with different models, are engaged in confronting this global health emergency—from international and national agencies like the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to private philanthropies such as the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation and Rotary International. This course will consider a core question-- How can we best work together as a global community to effectively control and eradicate preventable diseases?-- by studying both what has worked in the past and what is being done in different parts of the world today FIVE global health campaigns have been chosen as examples:
against SMALL POX (the only infectious disease to be wiped from the earth); POLIO (a disease on the verge of eradication through intense world cooperation); AIDS (a disease that has thus far eluded our efforts); and AVIAN FLU and EBOLA (the latest threats to the emerge). Students will read and discuss literature on a wide range of subjects, including the history of medicine and philanthropy, public health, and the culture of disease,
while honing their writing. 



Study Away in Global Public Health!

The global public health major requires students to spend one fall or spring semester away.  Though students are not required to take a public health course while they are away, we do offer many of our core courses in various GNU sites.  There are undergraduate courses in Accra, Ghana; Buenos Aires, Argentina; London, U.K.; as well as Sydney, Australia. Below is a list of courses and the GNU sites in which they are offered.  Further information about study away courses and how to register, may be found here.

This course examines social, behavioral and cultural factors that have an impact on public health in community, national and global contexts. We will consider how health is influenced by factors such as age, gender, culture, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class. Public health problems and their solutions will be analyzed in light of individual risk factors as well as larger structural forces.  This course wll make use of local examples, data and experiences at the site.

 

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health and illness in human populations worldwide. The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to the history, principles, and methods of epidemiology in a global context. Students will also examine epidemiological theories, analytic approaches, and tools from a global health perspective. Finally, students will develop the necessary skills to critically read, interpret, and appraise published epidemiological studies and to locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize information from mass media sources.  This course will make use of local examples, data and experiences at the site. 

This course introduces students to key concepts in health policy formation, implementation and evaluation in a global context. Using a comparative lens, students explore organization, financing and delivery of health care services and health systems around the world. We examine the role of governmental and non-governmental agencies in delivering care and contributing to a health care infrastructure using case studies and other materials in a comparative approach. Key lessons in the implementation of new health policies and initiatives are explored across the developing world, as well as in a US as students explore health system performance, the quality and cost of care, the management of health care services, the process of health improvement and health reform. The course will use a multidisciplinary approach that employs sociological, political, economics, and ethical perspectives. The objective is to build an understanding of the fundamental ideas, issues, and problems currently debated in global health policy and management and to provide a foundation for future studies and careers in the global health field. Epidemiology in a Global World and Health and Society in a Global Context are recommended but not required pre-requisites for the course. This course will make use of examples, data and experiences at the site.

This course will examine some of the key issues and principles of environmental health practice. It will focus on the how environmental health issues are defined and approached by civic groups, governmental officials and researchers. It will highlight how environmental threats come to the attention of the public and weigh the options for addressing these threats. Finally, it will underscore the need for multi-disciplinary approaches in understanding these threats and crafting solutions. We will focus on prevention of environmentally mediated diseases and discuss challenges to effective prevention. This course will make use of local examples, data and experiences at the site.


Helpful Tips

  • UGPH-GU courses are controlled courses open to majors only in the first week of registration
  • Global Public Health majors should work with their department advisors when planning their semester schedules
  • UGPH-GU courses are listed under University College in Albert

Contact Information


For information regarding specific courses and registration, please contact:
cgph.registration@nyu.edu

For questions regarding the application process, please contact:
admissions.ops@nyu.edu

For general inquiries, please contact:
cgph.undergrad@nyu.edu

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